Fitzgerald is genius in his use of the sun as a metaphor in The Great Gatsby set in the Gilded Age. Realist author Mark Twain figuratively referred to this age (in the late 19th century to early 20th century) as an age that appeared golden and extravagant on the surface but was dull and corrupt on the inside. The rivalry amongst mega corporations, where the wealth accumulated in the hands of the few, bashed the poor into heavy poverty in the Valley of Ashes, whereas the sumptuously stylish men and women of West and East Egg lived according to the doctrine of the American Dream, ceasing to see anything beyond the money and success of the Gilded Age. Fitzgerald’s basic exegesis of this platonic world (a metaphysical world in which perfect forms of people, places and things exist) is reflected through the eyes of James Gatz, who creates a million-dollar form of himself, Jay Gatsby, in hopes of winning
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”. These are the hauntingly beautiful words that conclude what is to be considered one of the most important novels written in American Literature. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates the disillusionment of the pursuit of the American Dream during the Roaring Twenties. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his journey throughout West Egg in New York, where he meets and befriends the mysterious and affluent Jay Gatsby. As the economy grows throughout the 1920s, many people waste their money on foolish and unnecessary luxuries.
Patrick Griffin, a professor at the University of Notre Dome contributed in the book Jeffersonian America: Between Sovereignty and Anarchy. Griffin explained the aftermath of the war and how anarchy and sovereignty in the United States grew within the government. The Federalist and Anti-Federalist accepted the violence only at their convenience, but what was not acceptable was going “against their fellow party supporters” (13). Griffin argued that the only way the United States was able to be developed, was through corruption within the government and giving benefits to the political parties. While on the other hand William Hogeland author of “The Whiskey Rebellion”, analyzed the success Hamilton and the federalist had on the economy, as well as how Whiskey changed America.
Another dominant symbol within this novel is the billboard eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg. The eyes symbolize the loss of spiritual values in America. The eyes symbolize the growing of America and how life in America is all about making money. A lot of money is demonstrated by the wealth of people like Tom Buchanan. A man’s success is measured in terms of how much money he is worth, not on what kind of person he may be on the inside.
It has long been said that money can’t buy happiness, but still people continue to use it’s acquisition to try to make themselves happy. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the title character struggles with this realization. The book is set in New York during the ‘Roaring 20’s’, a time famous for its parties and lavishness. The book examines the attitudes toward money within the upper particularly through the lense of the new-money title character, Jay Gatsby. Gatsby dedicated his life to the acquisition of money with the goal of eventually acquiring the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan.
More Money More Problems “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are very different from you and me.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald. In The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about the lavish lives people had during the roaring twenties, and it’s devastating consequences. The story followed millionaire Jay Gatsby while he was determined to repeat the past in order to win back his married lover, Daisy Buchanan.
The Gilded Age was an era reflecting the combination of outward wealth and dazzle with inner corruption and poverty. This time lacked leadership of a president, which led this to be a period defined completely by negatives. John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie and J. Pierpont Morgan were some of the most momentous and dynamic captains of this era in American history. Their tactics in the world of industrialization were not always fair, but in order to crush the competition they allowed very little get in their way. With the booming business of the Standard Oil Company (John D. Rockefeller), the brilliant railroad monopolizer (J. Pierpont Morgan) and one source of his steel success (Andrew Carnegie) the United States was able to continue on their way to a powerhouse of an economy.
Roosevelt assails Hoover for claiming credit for prosperity while disclaiming responsibility for the Depression. Hoover blamed the Depression on foreigners instead of their shortsighted economic policies, and for being airily optimistic instead of doing what needed done. Roosevelt 's campaign speech in Columbus, Ohio addressed the United States and the American voting population. He remembers Washington 's statement on who was to blame for the Depression, saying “The Depression has been deepened by events from abroad which are beyond the control either of our citizens or our Government.” Roosevelt reacts to this by calling it a major excuse, one that Hoover still believes in.
The novel The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and published the 10th of may 1925, revolves around the main character Jay Gatsby as well as Nick Caraway. All of Nick’s supposed friends are very self-centered and greedy. I believe that the characters in the novel personify greed. The novel is told through narration from the character Nick Caraway.
Inclination towards socialism was a result of this. Gilded Age, in this way, was only lined with golden. Internally, it was neither giving freedom not bringing success at an equal level. The freedom of the Gilded Age was further curbed with the start of World War I. When America set its foot into the war, many Americans did not want to sign up for the war. This led to Espionage Act which demanded a silent submission to the government.
Much like their personality, people during this time period could never settle because they always thought that more is better. Most of their decisions are based off personal benefit. The Great Gatsby contains rhetorical queues, such as logos, ethos, and pathos, that validate that the pursuit of “The American Dream” transforms society into greedy, heartless people. At this time, people only thought about social status because that determined who you partied with and how much money you had.
Andrew Lo stood tall in a gray suit and tie, attempting to rationalize the insanity of men like him, who, in a euphoric frenzy, forced housing prices into free fall. He described a survival-of-the-fittest ecosystem, where C-level executives “can either satisfy investors with high earnings today and contribute to the destruction of the financial system tomorrow, or refuse to cash-in on the unsustainable highs today and accept failure as an individual forever.” But only a few minutes before, he had praised the market and the central concept of limited liability with an equally intriguing statement, “The idea that an entrepreneur can have infinite upside but lose only everything they invest – that they can keep their freedom and their loved ones – is a tremendous boon to our world’s development.” Despite the opportunity limited liability could provide, it was the Fall of 2008. Andrew Lo’s lecture hall was lined with graduate students anxiously wondering what employment a wrecked financial system would have for them.
Karl Marx, a ground breaking sociologist, economist, and philosopher, lived from 1818 to 1883. During his lifetime he propounded this epic sociologic perspective, the conflict theory. (McClelland) The conflict theory discusses how the rich and the poor have been fighting ongoing battle for power. The group in control actively defends their advantages.
The Great Gatsby written in, 1917, takes place in a time much different from ours. Everyone was in pursuit of happiness; an idea Thomas Jefferson promised everyone American when he signed the United States Constitution. The pursuit of happiness my friend has many shapes and forms, one of Greed and Lust for wealth and women. The rich thought they totally outclassed the "poor" and would often classicize them. In Chapter 6, Tom says, "By God, I may be old-fashioned in my ideas but women run around too much these days to suit me".
Gatsby’s parties signify the materialistic component of the ideal American life. According to most critics, both Gatsby and Daisy represent the American dream. Jordan Baker reveals to Nick that “[Gatsby] half expected [Daisy] to wander into one of his parties, some night” (Fitzgerald 85). The parties display the massive amount of money that Gatsby has at his disposal. Since Daisy Buchanan symbolizes the American dream, Gatsby’s parties attempt to lure Daisy by displaying the riches in his possession.